On April 30, 2015, President Obama announced the nomination of Gayle E. Smith as the next administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Smith is currently special assistant to the president and since 2009 has served as senior director for development and democracy at the National Security Council. Smith coordinated the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development and has overseen the creation of presidential initiatives including Feed the Future, Power Africa, the Global Health Security Agenda, and the Open Government Partnership.
The Professional Services Council and its Council of International Development Companies have urged Congress to approve the nomination.
Deputy Administrator Ambassador Alfonso Lenhardt has served as acting USAID administrator since Rajiv Shah stepped down on January 30.